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Pay It Forward

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  13,519 ratings  ·  485 reviews
The story of how a boy who believed in the goodness of human nature set out to change the world.

Pay It Forward is a wondrous and moving novel about Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy in a small California town who accepts the challenge that his teacher gives his class, a chance to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world for the better -- and to p
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 6th 2000 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1999)
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Rose Ann
Not many books have actually made me cry....this one the last few chapters.

I originally gave this book 4 stars, but the more I thought about it, it really deserves 5 stars from is why and what I took with me after reading this book:
1. The next time someone asks me how they can pay me back...I will defintely tell them to pay it forward instead!
2. Don't just SAY you are going to do something to help someone....stop talking about it and DO it. Life is short.

I liked t
I was moved to read this book after hearing a couple of people at work raving about it.

I love the premise of the author's idea and how she goes about developing it within the story line. It really is an excellent story. What makes this story so engrossing to read, is how the author piggy backs from one situation to another, eventually bringing it full circle. It's like watching a row of literary dominoes fall, one on top of another; with the fall of each subsequent domino influencing the traject
Jennifer Willis
If I hadn’t had anything else on my plate, I would have read Catherine Ryan Hyde’s Pay It Forward straight through. Even so, I pushed some things off and shuffled the schedule around in order to make time for reading.

I had seen the movie a few years ago, but hadn’t been aware until recently that it had been based on a book. Usually the books are better and more satisfying than the movies that are based on them, so I was happy to find a copy of “Pay It Forward” in my local library. After reading
Hailey Leister
In this exciting book a boy named Trevor gets a project from his Social Studies teacher to somehow change the world. But Trevor to this project to a totally different level then his teacher Ruben expected. Trevor decided to create a movement called "pay it forward." To help make the world a better place. This book talks about his journey along the way and how he pays it forward to society. I would most definitely recommend this book. It was a very inspiring and easy to read.
I remembered this movie from the 90s and had a sappy feeling when I thought of it, but still dove right in because usually if you enjoy a movie the book is infinitely better. I found that to be the case here.

The entire premise of the book is a Social Studies extra credit assignment to think of a way to better the world. Trevor MicKinney takes the assignment to heart. Trevor is the only child of a hard working, tender-hearted (kind of) down on her luck single mother. He is wise beyond his years a
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
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Amani Hafs
It’s an inspirational novel... makes you rethink again about your actions

maybe we cant help everyone...but everyone can help someone ...
and this is the point of this novel

when someone does you a big favor DONT pay it back

“I guess it's hard for people who are so used to things the way they are - even if they're bad - to change. 'Cause they kind of give up. And when they do, everybody kind of loses.”
Oleg Kagan
For a book with such a contrived plot, stupid and shallow characters, completely predictable ending, strange acting choices (on audio), and prose that mercilessly buggers the reader/listener with marathons of cliches, Pay It Forward was inspiring. I was inspired to throw my hands in the air every few minutes shouting "REALLY!? THEY CAN'T BE SERIOUS" at the idiotic plot turns and character developments. To take a phrase that has been around for at least a hundred years and treat it like it's a ne ...more
Katy Noyes
A book that if the world we live in was the one Trevor wants for us, WOULD change the world.

And it just could. I've seen the film years ago but don't remember feeling anywhere near as moved as I was in reading the novel. I finished having to wipe tears away so I could read the final pages.

A 12 year old boy, on being asked to come up with an idea to change the world in his Social Science class, creates the idea of 'Pay it Forward', doing good deeds for others and then rather than paying back the
I really wish the movie would have stuck to the characters/situations that were in the book. It's totally different from the movie but the same if that makes any sense. Reuben was just weird in the movie. In the book his character was really well written and more understandable than the movie. I wasn't as shocked at the ending in the book since I had seen the movie but then again the movie ended with Trevor. The book didn't. I'm really glad I read this book.
Becky Wyatt
The writing was amateurish. Neat premise however.
Fiona McGier
I found this book to be interesting from the first chapter. I don't usually read fiction novels that are not romances, since I write romance, so I'm always checking out the competition. But this book made me cry at the end. The story of a teen-aged boy who tries to change the world, seemed like a plot tailor-made for being a sloppy, feel-good kind of polemic about how people need to learn how to be more trusting. But the characters of his mother Arlene, his teacher Reuben St. Clair, his neighbor ...more
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Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde is about a 12 year old boy named Trevor who is in 7th grade. During this year his social studies teacher gives the class an extra-credit assignment to make a difference in the world. Trevor took this assignment very seriously and decided to create a world changing movement called "Pay it Forward". Throughout the book it shows diary entries from Trevor. It is also written in 3rd person omniscient, meaning there are many narrators through out the story. The bo ...more
Mi chiamo Chris Chandler e sono un giornalista. Un giorno, quasi per caso, ho scoperto che un ragazzino di dodici anni poteva cambiare il mondo. Grazie a una buona idea. Un'idea semplice, facile da mettere in pratica.
Così è nata la "Formula": la Formula del Cuore.

'La Forumula del Cuore' è quello che non ti aspetti: una vagonata di emozioni che prendono possesso del tuo corpo con naturalezza, quasi inconsapevolmente.

Reuben St. Clair è il nuovo insegnante di una piccola cittadina di nome Atascader
I check off "books that made me cry" for any book that will bring a lump to my throat, even if there are no actual tears. This is one book, and the only book at that, that made me actually sob, put the book down and have a good cry, before picking it up to carry on reading. I've never found another book since then that has impacted me in the same way.
Eileen Goudge
Let me start by saying I am a huge fan of author Catherine Ryan Hyde. My favorite of her novels is "Walk me Home," which tugged at my heart strings while I compulsively turned pages. This one I admire more than I loved. It's very readable and relatable. The characters are interesting. And the idea is brilliant, one I believe sparked a movement in real life. The concept of paying it forward is not a new one - my favorite hokey fifties movie "Magnificent Obsession" is about that very thing - but t ...more
great book... a little inappropriate for an 11 year old but still great.
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Catie Borgerson
The book, Pay it Forward, by Catherine Ryan Hyde, tells the story of young Trevor Mckinney and how he changed the world with only an extra credit assignment and an idea. Trevor is only 12 years old and on his first day of seventh grade, his teacher gives him an extra credit assignment, "Think of an idea for world change and put it into action." After sometime of thinking, he had come up with something that he was very excited about and the exciting idea is something he would call paying it forwa ...more
Traci Hollander
Pay it Forward, written by Catherine Ryan Hyde begins with a teacher everyone thought was crazy. He publicized an extra credit activity he thought the class would at least try. Some kids tried but one stood out to Mr. Reuben, Trevor a twelve year old participant in Mr. Reuben's class. This book expressed the importance of the journey and how much more excitement the journey is than the destination. So, when Trevor did this extra credit work he surprised his teacher. He showed his teacher how any ...more
My Sunday School teacher recommended this book to me - I think though I saw the film version first, and that was a number of years after the book had been recommended, as it wasn't until I had seen the film, bought the DVD and re-watched it that I realised there was a book and remembered the recommendation.

If you are reading this book after seeing the film you might be surprised, as I was, with some of the changes made to the narrative - in some ways it makes them into two very separate entities
Saya belum pernah baca bukunya. Review ini dari hasil saya nonton filmnya. Sebelumnya saya pernah review ini di blog saya di : tapi berikut saya copy-paste juga di sini.

Pay It Forward : Life cannot gives more beautiful things than what you already have right now

Beberapa hari yg lalu, saya nonton lagi "Pay It Forward" (PIF). Salah satu film lama yg menginspirasi saya. Endingnya selalu bikin saya nangis. PIF bercerita tentang ide seorang anak 6 SD untuk tug
Alejandra C
Bueno raramente me gusta una película, y cadena de favores la vi cuando tenía mas o menos la edad de Trevor y me fascinó, ahora me di cuenta que era un libro y a pesar de haber visto la película decidí que lo leería y no me equivoqué dado que tiene cosas diferentes sobre todo algo en el final. Es una de mis películas favoritas y ahora uno de mis libros y lo recomiendo ampliamente.
One of the most beautiful stories I've read.
This is about a teacher who starts a new project in his class: each student had to create something they think could change the world. That is when Trevor appears with a revolutionary way of spreading forgiveness and love. It was called the "Play it Forward" system. If Trevor helped out 3 people, those 3 people had to help other 3 and that on and on until everybody has helped and was helped by someone. Being a kind hearted, Trevor puts that in reality
I loved the idea of this book. The thought that as simple an idea as paying it forward rather than paying someone back is wonderful; if only this could happen. Trevor is a great character but I found it difficult to relate to the others in the book although Catherine Ryan Hyde had attempted to portray them in detail. I think the biggest problem I had with the book was the style in which it was written. I found myself having to re-read the dialogue at times to make sense of it; I felt also that i ...more
Jazmin Jade
I dont know why I was not forced to read this book in school. I find that it has a lot more subject matter worth talking about and learning from than most the things I was forced to read. Full review to come.
Re the book cover above. In the book Reuben is a black man that wears a patch over his left eye, due to injuries he rec'd while serving in Vietnam. And Kevin Spacey played his character... Funny how Hollywood can screw that up, too!!
I had saw the movie years ago and finally had to read the book. Such an amazing read. Made me think, made me cry like a baby. Such a good book. A must read for everyone.
I checked out this book from the library. Inside I found a bookmark. It has a picture of a young lady named Katie. It shows the years 1976-2007. On the back it says "passport" and lists all the places she lived and or visited. There is also another picture of her with a young man, looks like they are on a trip (carrying a large backpack) There is also a quote from Gandhi that says "be the change you want to see in the world."
Interesting this bookmark was in this book. Now all I can think about i
Okay - I have to give five stars to a book that makes me weep like this one did, but I couldn't shake the feeling that I was being manipulated by the author. It would be so nice if an idea like this worked - so very nice - but so very unlikely. I do believe in doing favours for people, and in a much smaller way than this book people do already often do favours for each other, and some people do huge favours - look at Bill Gates attempting to eradicate 10 diseases. But I don't see a world without ...more
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I'm the the author of 28 published and forthcoming books.

My newest releases are The Language of Hoofbeats, Take Me With You , Where We Belong, Walk Me Home, Subway Dancer and Other Stories, When You Were Older, Don’t Let Me Go, When I Found You, Second Hand Heart, The Long, Steep Path: Everyday Inspiration From the Author of Pay It Forward, Always Chloe and Other Stories, and 365 Days of Gratitude
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